ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Metro Transit in St. Louis will begin work next week to improve 124 bus stops around the city.
Metro officials say the improvements will create better access for passengers with disabilities. The amenities will include new benches, signage with Braille plates, concrete pads for wheelchair ramps and accessible sidewalks.
The project is expected to cost $600,000 with funding through a U.S. Department of Transportation grant. Work should be completed by late spring.
Work on the first group of bus stops will begin on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. The first group includes the following locations.
· Eastbound Loughborough Ave. at Loughborough Dr. (Route #8 Bates Morganford)
· Westbound Chippewa at Lawn (Route #11 Chippewa)
· Northbound Jefferson at Lafayette (Route #11 Chippewa)
· Westbound Chippewa at Hampton (Route #11 Chippewa)
· Northbound Southwest at McCausland (Route #16 City Limits)
· Southbound Weil at Weil (River DesPeres) (Route #17 Oakville)
· Westbound Oakland at Kingshighway (Route #59 Shaw)
· Westbound Oakland at SLUH (Route #59 Shaw)
· Northbound Alabama at Marceau (Route #73 Carondelet)
· Southbound Hampton at Wilson (Route #90 Hampton)
· Northbound Hampton at Wilson (Route #90 Hampton)
· Northbound Hampton at Chippewa (Route #90 Hampton)
MetroBus customers will continue to be served during the construction process. MetroBus operators will watch for customers waiting on either side of the bus stop.
Metro operates nearly 400 buses as well as light rail, vans and a call-a-ride program.